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Portland State is a uniquely engaged university in the Pacific Northwest. Students, faculty and the Portland community learn and solve problems together, making positive impacts on the region.

Portland State is a uniquely engaged university in the Pacific Northwest. Students, faculty and the Portland community learn and solve problems together, making positive impacts on the region.

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    • Visitors to PSU say you don’t notice where the city stops and the campus starts. We like it that way. Our classroom is the community, our research and teaching shape the region, our graduates are its future.
      • PSU’s Business Accelerator is helping 28 emerging businesses innovate in industry clusters important to Oregon’s economy
      ECONOMIC IMPACT
      • Graduate students in social work counsel teenagers in local high schools to address mental health service needs
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Portland Public Schools
      • Reengineering bacteria at the molecular level to create compounds that may one day fight tuberculosis and malaria
      PROFESSOR Kevin Reynolds
      • MBA students work with Portland businesses to create case studies about successful sustainable business practices
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Columbia Forest Products
      • PSU has a $1.2 billion economic impact on the metro region
      ECONOMIC IMPACT
      • PSU’s Stroke Camp offers social and recreational activities to stroke survivors and their caretakers
      COMMUNITY PARTNER American Stroke Association
      • U.S. News & World Report ranks PSU seventh among “Up-and-Coming” national universities
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Helping young women pursue careers in politics through NEW Leadership Oregon
      PROFESSOR Melody Rose
      • Students electronically archive the history of Henry Dorsch, an influential turn-of-the-century Oregonian
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Multnomah County Library
      • Nearly 8,000 students, faculty, and staff engage in community-university partnerships annually
      ECONOMIC IMPACT
      • Documenting and preserving the disappearing tribal languages of West Africa
      PROFESSOR Tucker Childs
      • PSU received the first national Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Students work with the Oregon Historical Society to create an online encyclopedia of “everything or anyone in Oregon”
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Oregon Historical Society
      • Developing “intelligent transportation” strategies to make traffic move faster and smarter
      PROFESSOR Robert Bertini
      • Students created a fused glass exhibit of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at the Bullseye Gallery in Portland’s Pearl District
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Bullseye Glass Company
      • PSU’s Senior Capstone program generates over 230 community-based research projects each year
      ECONOMIC IMPACT
      • Experiments under zero-gravity conditions promise better fluid movement—improving IV systems, hydrogen fuel cells, and more
      PROFESSOR Mark Weislogel
      • U.S. News & World Report ranks PSU’s community-based curriculum among the nation’s best for fostering student success
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Assessing eco-roofs and their effect on green building performance and urban climates
      PROFESSOR David Sailor
      • Students analyze the quality of surface water and hold an interactive water quality improvement exhibit for the community
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Clackamas River Basin Council
      • Over 1,000 businesses and organizations benefit from partnerships with PSU students and faculty
      ECONOMIC IMPACT
      • Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranks PSU’s MBA+ among “Global Top 100 Schools” for integrating social and environmental issues
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Helping educators worldwide to integrate sustainability into their curriculum
      PROFESSOR Rosalyn McKeown
      • Faculty evaluate the Oregon Health Plan lottery to see what role health coverage plays in the lives of low-income adults
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Oregon Health Plan
      • PSU’s Business Outreach Program has assisted more than 500 small and emerging businesses in the last 10 years
      ECONOMIC IMPACT
      • The Miller Foundation donated $25 million to advance the University’s leadership in sustainability
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Colleges with a Conscience, a Princeton Review book , lists PSU for its excellent service-learning programs
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Researching bicycling behavior on Portland streets to help cities understand what cyclists need to get from point A to B
      PROFESSOR Jennifer Dill
      • Students work with Macdonald Center residents facing challenges associated with homelessness, mental illness, or addiction
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Macdonald Center
      • PSU’s MBA+ program provides professional consultation to local companies valued at $76,000 per project
      ECONOMIC IMPACT
      • Students tutor children in the classroom to improve youth literacy
      COMMUNITY PARTNER King Elementary in NE Portland
      • A new PSU program allows students to take regular courses taught in Russian and earn a certificate with any major
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Groundbreaking work on air pollution gets Professor Pankow elected to the National Academy of Engineers
      PROFESSOR James Pankow
      • Examining food supply chains to help foster sustainable business practices
      PROFESSOR Mellie Pullman
      • Students mentor children in the Boys and Girls Club and create workshops and fundraising activities
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Meyers Boys and Girls Club
      • Professor Yan patented a nanoscale surface coating that reduces friction between a contact lens and the surface of the eye
      PROFESSOR Mingdi Yan
      • Engineering students developed a bug trap that tells farmers through remote computer access if bugs are eating their crops
      COMMUNITY PARTNER APTIV, a start-up in PSU’s Business Accelerator
      • Students contributed 1.44 million volunteer hours with community partners in 2007—a service worth $25 million
      ECONOMIC IMPACT
      • More students than ever choose Portland State—enrollment is at a record 27,000
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Directing Reclaiming Futures, a program adopted by 15 states to help troubled teens become healthy, positive citizens
      PROFESSOR Laura Nissen
      • Professor Susan Chan’s students share their talents through a grant that brings recitals to nursing homes and hospitals
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
      • Viking men’s basketball won back-to-back Big Sky Tournaments, resulting in two visits to the NCAA tournament
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Helping students understand the human impact of globalization and sustainability in developing countries
      PROFESSOR Veronica Dujon
      • Students raised funds for a water pump in Ethiopia and educated consumers about the need for clean water in developing worlds
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Portland Roasting Coffee Company
      • Advising Congress on limiting the magnitude of future climate change
      PROFESSOR Loren Lutzenhiser
      • Students tutor and mentor African refugee children in public schools throughout Portland
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Portland Public Schools
      • Graduate education students contribute over 300,000 community service hours annually to local school districts
      ECONOMIC IMPACT
      • The new Master of Architecture degree prepares students for professional licensure and addresses sustainable urban design
      PSU QUICK FACT
      • Helping cities and employers meet the educational and training needs of high school dropouts with Learner Web
      PROFESSOR Steve Reder
      • Students and volunteers in the Watershed Stewardship Program restored 50 acres of our region’s watersheds
      COMMUNITY PARTNER Portland Bureau of Environmental Services